Give The Gift Of Sleep This Christmas

Here are a few ideas of items that you can include in your gift basket:

A new mattress:

If it’s the thought that counts, a mattress is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give. It says, “I care about your health and well-being. I want you to be comfortable, supported and well-rested.”

A sleep mask:

Sleeping woman wearing a sleep maskThere are so many whimsical sleep masks available; find one that suits the personality of the recipient. Sleep comes more quickly when the room is dark, cool and quiet—and a sleep mask helps with the “dark” part of that equation.

Earplugs:

You can pick up foam earplugs in any pharmacy. They are very inexpensive, and they go a long way toward keeping noise at bay.

Cotton sheets or cotton pyjamas:

Cotton is a great fabric for sleep because it is breathable and natural. And it’s super comfortable! Who wouldn’t love a cozy pair of cotton PJs? If you’ve got someone who prefers to sleep au naturel, opt for the sheets instead.

Bath salts:

Aromatherapy works wonders for helping people relax and get to sleep. Choose a fragrance like lavender or chamomile that is especially soothing.

Essential oils:

Dried lavender herb and essential aromatherapy oil

Dried lavender herb and essential aromatherapy oil

You also can choose essential oils in lavender or chamomile to add to the basket. These can be used in a spray with distilled water to make a light mist for your pillowcase, so you can breathe in the fragrance all night long.

An old-fashioned alarm clock:

Cup mug and retro alarm clock on the table in bedroom.So many people use their smartphones as an alarm clock, not realizing that having technology so close while they are trying to sleep is actually interfering with it. Even if the phone is on silent, there are the vibrations that make us aware the phone is there. And there’s the temptation to pick it up and check email or messages before we get out of bed. Phones should be kept off and preferably out of the room altogether, overnight. An alarm clock helps make that possible.

Tea for sleep:

Just a small cup of herbal tea (no caffeine) about an hour before bed will help bring on that restfulness needed to fall asleep. Chamomile, jasmine, peppermint and valerian are known for helping along the sleep process. You also can look for tea blends that are branded for their sleep-enhancing qualities.

However you decide to package your present, the recipient is sure to thank you for your thoughtfulness. You might want to get two of everything so that you can get a good night’s sleep yourself, too. Happy holidays! 

Source: Sleep Savvy Magazine

 

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